Fifteenth Printpack India – 3 to 8 February 2021

Fourteenth Printpack India closes with unity

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The Printpack India exhibition at Greater Noida, in the Delhi/NCR, wound up on 6 February 2019 with a show of unity and a closing celebration in the evening. IPAMA ran a two-year campaign of unity across the various industry associations for this exhibition and the positive results of this effort were there for all to see and benefit from during the show.

The attempt to create segmented theme halls was also a success. Hall 14 was earlier also a web offset space and this time it was no different, although it also accommodated some converting equipment. This was partly because some of the Indian web offset manufacturers are venturing into packaging segments and to accommodate some late entries that could not fit into Hall 9 which was, this time, a really terrific and densely populated space housing many of the sheetfed offset press manufacturers, digital press manufacturers as well as converting equipment.

Label industry comes together

The creation of Hall 3 as a label industry hall was also a success with many running presses from the Indian manufacturers (Multitec, UV Technologies, Alliance, NBG, Webtech) and also at least one Italian manufacturer (Lombardi) with another Japanese manufacturer (Miyakoshi) in the adjacent Hall 1. Several global label press manufacturers (Mark Andy, Omet, Edale, MPS, Domino) were present in Hall 3 along with ancillary suppliers, coatings and labelstock such as Avery Dennison. Gallus was represented with a separate kiosk in the Heidelberg India stand in Hall 9.

The Association of Label Printers held a successful knowledge event in the main conference room at Printpack India 2019. Issues of sustainability were addressed. Overall, many of the exhibitors were conscious that this was a more general exhibition than one where label printers only congregate. Nevertheless, they were happy to reach out and test a larger audience since many offset printers are looking to diversify to labels and equally many label printers are contemplating additional diverse possibilities and revenue streams to add to their capabilities.

On the last day of the show we met with many of the organizing team and their overall attitude was of thanks to the industry stakeholders for their support and of seeking criticism and points for improvement. IPAMA president Dayaker Reddy also thanked the India Expo Centre for its cooperation and enhancement of the facility, which is now truly emerging as the premier structured and professional print and packaging exhibition site in the country.

The organizers were modest as far as the obvious accomplishments of this show. It seems that in spite of praise from all corners, they are now more aware of areas where the show can be improved. This was a welcome and new way of speaking. There is agreement that unity and modesty are the key to future success as well – that 600 exhibitors is an achievable target for the next event. “It’s the quality of visitors and the exhibits that matters,” said Reddy, as he announced the dates of the next show – “The Fifteen Printpack India will be held from 3 to 8 February 2021.”

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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